Report: Houston Rockets targeting ex-Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins

The Rockets plan to add Hollins to their coaching staff.

The Houston Rockets are reportedly pursuing former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to work as an assistant to current head coach Kevin McHale.

Hollins, who has interviewed for a number of head coaching jobs this summer including the current vacancies in Cleveland and Los Angeles, has been out of work since leaving Memphis in June 2013.

ESPN's Mark Stein tweeted that the Rockets are making a "hard sell" to try to attract Hollins, but the coach still intends to look for a job as a head coach.

If Hollins makes it clear that he is willing to accept a job as an assistant for the first time since 2009, he will undoubtedly have a number of teams pursuing him.

He is viewed as something of a defensive guru in the NBA, and he memorably guided the Grizzlies to a franchise-record 56 wins and the Western Conference Finals in the 2012-13 season.

With his defensive mindset, Hollins is obviously a good fit with Houston. They ranked 4th in points per possession offensively, and 13th on defense. While this is by no means a poor mark, it is one they must improve on if they are make a deep run in the playoffs next season. Rockets management clearly feels that Hollins will help them to make that leap.